Established in 1994, the Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies has become one of the most active of the country’s Victorian Studies centres. We run:
an annual programme of seminars and workshop events, which covers a wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary interests in the field of Victorian Studies. The speakers include Leeds Trinity staff, M.A. and PhD. students, and external academics, all involved in cutting edge research.

one or two day colloquia a year, focusing on Victorian topics of current interest – recent colloquia have included Victorian Ethics, Victorian Childhoods and Victorian Spiritualities. In April 2015, we will be hosting a symposium on Victorian Objects, ‘Paraphenalia!’  Our events include occasional 3 day conferences: ‘The Victorians and Disability: Confronting Legacies’ took place in Summer 2012, and we will be hosting the annual conference of the British Association of Victorian Studies in 2015.

a M.A. programme in Victorian Studies which is competitively priced and genuinely interdisciplinary, offering modules in English literature, history and the history of art. The programme offers modules covering topics such as the Brontes; Women and Art in Victorian Society; Victorian Identities; Oscar Wilde; and the Victorian Railway; and Victorian Childhoods.

–  M.Phil/PhD programmes in Victorian Studies.  Currently, our PGR students are studying topics such as the nineteenth-century representation of Robin Hood; the representation of the Victorians in regional museums; Victorian commodity and consumer culture; Virginia Woolf and the Victorians; and the Victorian bachelor.  We also have two post-doctoral associates and an active post-doctoral group.

the Journal of Victorian Culture, a  journal of Victorian Studies, published by the Centre in association with Taylor & Francis. Featuring wide-ranging, original, and interdisciplinary articles, it is now a significant venue for the development of new approaches in Victorian Studies. Roundtables offer opportunities for reflecting on key developments, such as the role of digital media and teaching the Victorians.

developing links between the LCVS and staff from the Leeds School of Music who study Victorian music and musical cultures.  We are currently participating in the development of the Nineteenth-Century Northern Network with the Universities of Hull, Huddersfield and Cergy-Pontoise in Paris.  We have excellent links with local heritage and art institutions, such as the Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate.

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